Lions still bound for Kansas City despite loss in SAC Tourney

Missed chances, free throw shortage contributes to upset

Box Score, Play-by-Play links posted below

NAIA National Tournament Information for Fans

SHAWNEE, Oklahoma  --  The start of post-season play for the Southwestern Assemblies of God University men looked much like the regular season. Well played. Most every statistical goal met. Plenty of style points and a dose of drama.

Even the constant modus operandi of Head Coach Donnie Bostwick, “work through the conditions,” appeared to be working.

Until the finish.

The #8 seed and host team, Oklahoma Baptist University, made one last free throw and a final defensive stop to upset the Lions in overtime, 79-78.

Suffering a loss in the quarterfinals of the Sooner Athletic Conference tournament will not prevent SAGU from competing in the NAIA National Championships in less than two weeks.

The top 32 teams in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) will meet in Kansas City, Missouri during March 19-25.

In a setting that favored the home team, the Lions held the lead for much of the game against a team that struggled all year to play like their preseason No. 2 ranking.

For every phase of the game that SAGU had the edge, the Bison countered with efficient play and a large surplus of free throws. Even after Oklahoma Baptist had erased the Lions’ 10-point lead and went ahead by five, 66-61, the Purple Pride had an answer.

Caleb Gentry (Hondo, Tx / Hondo HS, Ok Wesleyan Univ ) tied the score at 71 when he stole the ball from Hayden Darst and raced the length of the floor for a deuce with 0:52 remaining.

SAGU forced another clutch turnover to gain possession of the last shot of regulation at 0:31.  Tyler Guidry (Houston, Tx / Westbury Christian ) took a handoff from Dominique Rambo (Dallas, Tx / Trinity Christian-Cedar Hill, Okla. Wesleyan Univ ) and lifted a contested, fade shot from 15-feet. It was a skoshe short.

“He can make that shot but left it short,” observed Lions Head Coach Donnie Bostwick.

Jon Walter (Garland, Tx / Garland HS ), who rose to the forefront at key times in the clutch, pulled down the carom under the backboard. His buzzer-beating reverse layup bounced three times on the iron before rolling off as the horn sounded.

mills-baseline-drive“Jon made an awesome effort-play,” Bostwick pointed out. “He was flying in from the corner for a reverse putback but it just was not our night.”

“I hurried it,” Walter said in the lobby after the game. “Should’ve made it, but I pushed it. Wasn’t sure if I could get it off before the buzzer.”

The Bison made their first three shots in overtime, all in the paint. SAGU, with four starters encumbered with four fouls, were hamstrung.

Countering with three buckets of their own was the regular season champion Lions. A short jumper by Rambo and a three-pointer, the team’s 14th, by Gentry, preceded a driving layup from the elbow by Emmanuel Adoyi (Little Rock, Ark / LR Parkview HS ).

His equalizer came at the 1:44 mark.

A foul sent Aaron Abram, last week’s NAIA National Player of the Week, to the free throw line. He split the pair for a 79-78 lead for OBU.

On SAGU’s ensuing possession they worked the ball to Walter, the team’s most accurate shooter. His try from the wing was a tad off-line. Abram reeled in the carom with 0:54 left.

The Lions defense couldn’t afford a Bison basket. They held them without one over the final 3:02 in extra time. OBU point guard Kendall Parks, with a 49% free throw imprecision, was fouled by Caleb Feemster (Addison, Tx / Trinity Christian-Addison, Ranger College ) with thirty-one ticks to go.

He misfired twice. Adoyi laid claim to the Rawlings roundball.

For a second time the Lions had the game in their hands.

Down by one they could offset the copious surplus of free throws that swung the game in OBU’s favor.

SAGU led in practically every category, including a 14-to-7 margin in three-pointers and a game-long advantage on the boards.

The top-seed and No. 5 ranked Jungle Kings could thwart a 32-to-12 detriment in attempted free throws with a late score.

Rambo, the Cats’ catalyst, had the ball and the game in his hands. He sped around the left side of the OBU defense, and then jetted past a defender as he drove the baseline.

He leapt as he entered the lane, beating two defenders, one of them rotating to cover for a teammate. As he tried to shoot he was hit on both sides by both of the lead protectors in green.gentry-on-d

The shot never had a chance and was iron-deficient.

What appeared to be an apparent foul was a no call. Abram gripped his game-high 15th rebound with five seconds on the clock. He pitched the ball high into the air and downcourt as time and the Lions hopes evaporated.

“We got what we wanted (in the game),” Bostwick said, “but it just was not our night.”

The foiled bid was very similar to the Lions finish at home against Wayland Baptist University. A driving layup by Adoyi was quashed by a charging call to end the game.

“Congrats to OBU,” Bostwick said after the game. “They wanted it worse than we did.”

“Rambo did exactly what I asked him to,” he continued. “He attacked the basket and got fouled. Video tape validated that but it was just not called for whatever reason.”

“Part of winning on the road is not putting yourself in a situation where one play decides the game. We missed other opportunities to win the game. We missed two free throws in the game and a critical block out on an OBU free throw.”

“We did what he had to do to back to Kansas City,” the coach said, in regard to the bigger picture. “Hopefully this disappointment (the loss at OBU) will stir our fire to do something special at Nationals.”

SAGU led by as many 10 points in the first half. A 17-6 run included five triples, two by Rambo, and single treys from Gentry, Walter and Daniel Mills (Belton, Tx / Belton HS ), gave the team a 32-22 lead.

By intermission the lead was 38-34, SAGU. The Bison had hit 28% of their shots (7-of-25) but remained close thanks to converting 16-of-18 from the charity stripe.

SAGU didn’t shoot much better at 32% (11-of-34), though they did have an 8-4 advantage in three-pointers. Team Purple swished 8-of-9 at the foul line.

Trifectas from Gentry and Feemster propelled SAGU to a 45-37 upper hand at 17:12. OBU answered with a 10-2 surge to balance the score at 47 at 13:57.

The teams went back and forth with a sweet Walter dish to Adoyi knotting things at 56 at 7:09.

Displaying a hearty effort that reflected their drive to earn their way to Kansas City by winning the tournament, the Bison began making tough shots.

A three-ball by Cale Jackson spurred them to a 63-58 lead. Rambo gunned a trey before Parks swished a pair of freebies to maintain the five-point margin (66-61, 4:52).

That’s when ‘Sky’ Walter levitated. The 6’4 junior averages 11.7 shots per outing, wristed back-to-back jacks from the edge to reestablish the lead at 67-66 (3:48).

Abram continued his clutch play with a 3-ball from the top of the key and, after misses by Rambo and Walter, he scored in the paint. OBU was on top, 71-67, with 1:47 to go.

Ten seconds later Walter knifed inside for a deuce. He was called for a foul on Parks, who had 19 assists the night before in OBU’s rout of Texas Wesleyan.

Both of his foul shots went awry with 1:24 to play. The rebound was tipped away and Parks came up with the ball. Leading by two, the Bison had preserved custody.

Before the Buffalo could roam to the finish line, Darst, a 6’9 senior, had his pocket picked by Gentry, the SAC’s Defensive Player of the Year.

He zoomed downcourt for an equalizing layup, and was fouled by Parks in the process. A 76% shooter from the 15-foot band, his free throw rolled off the cylinder. It proved to be costly.

SAGU dodged the bullet when they coaxed a turnover from Abram.

A Guidry miss at the end of regulation was rare for a team that prides itself with effective play in close games. They could have overcome the disparity at the foul line.

Following the game SAGU players exited the locker room and made their way to their charter bus. None mentioned the free throw obvious anomaly.

Instead, they focused on their misused opportunities down the stretch.

In overtime the Purple Pride made 3-of-6 shots to OBU’s 3-of-3. The Bison were 2-of-5 on the line as all three fouls called were against the Lions.

Basketball by the numbers

SAGU outscored OBU in basket points, 68 to 55. They made 14 triples, shooting 40% beyond the arc. The Bison had seven treys.

A statistic that reveals a combination of offensive rebounds, steals and forced turnovers is total shots taken. The Lions held a commanding 74-58 total in field goal attempts.

They won the battle of the boards, 45-43, including a 13-8 margin on the offensive glass. Both teams took good care of the ball. SAGU had nine turnovers to 11 for the Bison.

The home team was 24-of-32 on the foul line; the visitors were 10-of-12.

Rambo, the MVP of the Sooner Athletic Conference, was solid. He netted 19 points and registered five assists. At 5’10, his nine rebounds were impressive.

Gentry contributed 15 points and played error-free.

Walter chipped in with 13 points and pulled down seven boards.

Feemster finished with seven points while Adoyi added nine. He also had 10 rebounds.

Mills came off the bench to rip the nets on both of his three-point attempts in an eight point effort.

OBU was led by Abram’s 20 point / 15 rebound performance. Tyler Davis, who scored 35 for the Bison the night before, added 15.

The Bison played just eight players, and two of them were on the court for two minutes or less. SAGU used 12 players – all in the first half.

Conference Tourney Results / National Tourney Info

SAGU will spend the next week honing their game in preparation of the NAIA national tournament.

All NAIA Conference Tournaments / Results: http://www.naia.org/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=27900&ATCLID=209393760 

Tourney Central (Info):   http://www.naia.org/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=27900&ATCLID=209425361

Brackets will be introduced at 8:00pm (CST) on March 12 when the Selection Show will be aired in an hour-long, on-line video presentation. Details will be announced next week.

Contact: Mark “Link” Warde, SAGU Sports Information Director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at 469-658-2847.

Box Score:   http://www.dakstats.com/Websync/Pages/GameBook/GameBook.aspx?seasonID=NAIMBB_2013&sg=MBB&compID=173772


 

 

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SAGU hosts John Brown Univ. on Thursday PM

Jan 15, 2014 - Men's Basketball News

Lady Lions (8-8) vs Golden Eagles (11-3) at 6:00pm Lions (13-1) vs Golden Eagles (12-3), 8:00pm SAGU Sports Live to broadcast both games in HD WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  Southwest...

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Grit and heart propel Lions over Stars, 68-63

Grit and heart propel Lions over Stars, 68-63

Jan 14, 2014 - Men's Basketball News

Bostwick calls defensive standoff his favorite game SAGU hosts John Brown (12-3) in Thursday night biggie Box Score and Standings links below WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  They ...

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Replay Lions' Top 12 Plays-of-the-Night

Replay Lions' Top 12 Plays-of-the-Night

Jan 12, 2014 - Men's Basketball News

SAGU takes 80-71 conference win behind playmakers Lions host Oklahoma City University on Monday at 8:00pm WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  One of the wonders of film is the ability to recal...

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Pair of scoring surges propel Lions to 80-71 win

Pair of scoring surges propel Lions to 80-71 win

Jan 12, 2014 - Men's Basketball News

SAGU tops Science & Arts with 12-0, 11-0 runs Oklahoma City visits the Sheaffer Center on Monday night Links below to:  Box Score, Play-by-Play, Standings and Photo Gallery WAX...

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SAGU looks to brand Drovers with W's

Jan 11, 2014 - Men's Basketball News

Lady Lions host USAO at 3:00pm; Lions play at 5pm SAGU Sports Live will broadcast all of today's excitement! Links to HD Video and LiveStats listed below PREVIEWS of both games...

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Lions steady in 86-80 road win over Wesleyan

Lions steady in 86-80 road win over Wesleyan

Jan 10, 2014 - Men's Basketball News

Gentry, Walter, Adoyi come up big to stymie Rams SAGU hosts USAO on Saturday at 5pm; rematch of NAIA opener Box Score and Standings (links below) FORT WORTH, Texas  --  Southw...

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SAGU in Ft. Worth to tangle with Rams

SAGU in Ft. Worth to tangle with Rams

Jan 09, 2014 - Men's Basketball News

Fans can make the short trip or follow on Live Stats Rebounding is urgent for Lady Lions; all-out defense for Lions Men's SAC Preview of all 11 teams (click here for attachment) ...

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SAGU moves up to No. 2 in NAIA Poll

SAGU moves up to No. 2 in NAIA Poll

Jan 08, 2014 - Men's Basketball News

Lions earn one first-place vote, trail UPike (12-1) Waxahachie, Texas — January 9, 2014 — Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) appears at No. 2 in this week’s NAI...

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Rambo garners National Player of the Week award

Rambo garners National Player of the Week award

Jan 07, 2014 - Men's Basketball News

Coach Bostwick explains individual honor is for the team Link to NAIA official announcement:  http://www.naia.org/  View Highlights vs. MACU (directions below) WAXAH...

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Rambo named SAC Player of the Week

Rambo named SAC Player of the Week

Jan 07, 2014 - Men's Basketball News

Senior point guard scored 40 and 32 points in two games Watch highlights of the win over MACU on Facebook WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  On the strength of averaging 36 points per ga...

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Lions place five in double-digits, win 79-66

Lions place five in double-digits, win 79-66

Jan 07, 2014 - Men's Basketball News

Back-to-back-to-back treys are one of three scoring runs Rambo, Walter, Feemster pace the Pride; SAGU plays Thursday at Rams Box Score, Standings links (below) BETHANY, Oklahoma &n...

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Lions cage high-scoring Evangels, 82-77

Lions cage high-scoring Evangels, 82-77

Jan 05, 2014 - Men's Basketball News

SAGU hands MACU first conference defeat Rambo, Feemster combine for 52 pts, defense forces 23 turnovers Photo Gallery, Box Score, Standings (links below) WAXAHACHIE, Texas  -- &nbs...

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Lions hold off MACU, 82-77, improve to 9-1

Lions hold off MACU, 82-77, improve to 9-1

Jan 05, 2014 - Men's Basketball News

WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  No. 3 Southwestern Assemblies of God University overcame a quality opponent in nationally ranked Mid-America Christian University (Ok), 82-77, on Saturday evening i...

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SAGU hosts first-ever SAC games on Saturday

SAGU hosts first-ever SAC games on Saturday

Jan 04, 2014 - Men's Basketball News

MACU teams lead the SAC; men score 99 ppg Evangels rosters sprinkled with Texans; games aired in HD WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  Playing Mid-America Christian University is not new for ...

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Lions corral Bison, 89-76

Lions corral Bison, 89-76

Jan 03, 2014 - Men's Basketball News

Rambo racks up 40, wins shootout with Woods Lions host front-running MACU on Saturday; game aired on SAGU TV Box Score, Play-by-Play, and Standings links below SHAWNEE, Oklahoma &...

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SAGU holds off OBU, 89-76; Rambo scores 40

Jan 02, 2014 - Men's Basketball News

SHAWNEE, Oklahoma  --  In the first league game for Southwestern Assemblies of God University, behind the explosive play of Dominique Rambo (Dallas, Tx / Trinity Chr CH, Ok Wesleyan Univ&...

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Lions open league season Thursday at OBU

Lions open league season Thursday at OBU

Jan 02, 2014 - Men's Basketball News

Watch the match-up to SAC's top two teams in Coaches' Poll Game Day Preview / Video Coverage  (click here) WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The start of the league season in th...

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SAGU holds off Patriots, 75-70, improve to 7-1

SAGU holds off Patriots, 75-70, improve to 7-1

Dec 17, 2013 - Men's Basketball News

Walter erupts for career-best 30 points Bostwick also lauds play of Gentry, Gumwell Links Below:   Box Score, Photo Gallery from the game, Current Standings, Individual Player Sta...

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Lions close semester at home on Monday

Lions close semester at home on Monday

Dec 16, 2013 - Men's Basketball News

Arlington Baptist (4-5) takes on No. 3 SAGU (6-1) Patriots' ability to limit outside shooters will be put to the test WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The first semester comes to an end...

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No. 3 Lions shake off rust in 74-49 triumph

No. 3 Lions shake off rust in 74-49 triumph

Dec 11, 2013 - Men's Basketball News

SAGU depth, defense wears down Tigers Feemster, Walter fuel offense; Mitchell blocks seven shots Box Score (at bottom of story) Current SAC Standings:   http://www.soonerathle...

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Lions rise to #3 in NAIA Coaches Poll

Lions rise to #3 in NAIA Coaches Poll

Dec 11, 2013 - Men's Basketball News

SAGU is tied with Pikeville College in third Columbia College (8-0), Georgetown College (9-1) are No. 1, No. 2 (Entire Poll posted below) WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The first...

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Bostwick talks about being picked #2 in the SAC

Bostwick talks about being picked #2 in the SAC

Dec 08, 2013 - Men's Basketball News

Lions Head Coach discusses fans and home games SAGU begins conference season the first week in January WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The start of Southwestern Assemblies of God Universit...

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SAGU has local road game on Tuesday

Dec 08, 2013 - Men's Basketball News

Catch the Lions, Lady Lions in S.E. Dallas Study Break for fans; SAGU has home game on Dec. 16 WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  While its finals week at Southwestern Assemblies of God Unive...

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SAC Coaches pick Lions to finish second

SAC Coaches pick Lions to finish second

Dec 05, 2013 - Men's Basketball News

Oklahoma Baptist voted as the team beat SAGU hosts OBU on Jan. 4 in broadcast biggie WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The head coaches in the Sooner Athletic Conference picked Oklahoma Bapt...

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River Pilots steer past Lions, 84-75

River Pilots steer past Lions, 84-75

Nov 26, 2013 - Men's Basketball News

SAGU outscored 12-4 in final five minutes Conference season begin on Dec. 5 vs OKC Stars Box Score and Play By Play (links below) Next Coaches Top 25 Poll:  December 10 SH...

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No. 5 Lions take on #2 LSU-Shreveport tonight

No. 5 Lions take on #2 LSU-Shreveport tonight

Nov 25, 2013 - Men's Basketball News

Fans can follow the game's play-by-play on-line Friendly rivals meet at 7pm on the Red River at The Dock SHREVEPORT, Louisiana  --  The Southwestern Assemblies of God Universi...

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SAGU goes to 5-0, top Crusaders, 89-71

SAGU goes to 5-0, top Crusaders, 89-71

Nov 20, 2013 - Men's Basketball News

Erskine pours in 23, Feemster has second double-double Next up for Lions; road trip to No. 2 LSU-Shreveport Current SAC Standings:   http://www.soonerathletic.org/sport/0/4.php ...

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Follow Lions roar tonight on Twitter

Follow Lions roar tonight on Twitter

Nov 19, 2013 - Men's Basketball News

SAGU teams play at 6pm/8pm in Richardson Games will be rematches from November 5th doubleheader WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The Southwestern Assemblies of God University men’s an...

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Lions cage Tigers, 82-67; whip 13 three-pointers

Lions cage Tigers, 82-67; whip 13 three-pointers

Nov 15, 2013 - Men's Basketball News

SAGU off to 4-0 start for third straight year Gentry, Guidry, Mills, Feemster reach double-digits Box Score (link below) SAC Standings:   http://www.soonerathletic.org/sport/0/4...

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SAGU entertains Paul Quinn tonight at 7:30pm

SAGU entertains Paul Quinn tonight at 7:30pm

Nov 14, 2013 - Men's Basketball News

Men's hoopsters ranked No. 3 in NCCAA pre-season WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  Ranked number 5 in the NAIA's Pre-Season Top 25 Coaches Poll, the Southwestern Assemblies of God Univer...

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Lions top No. 2 LSU-Shreveport, 83-72

Lions top No. 2 LSU-Shreveport, 83-72

Nov 12, 2013 - Men's Basketball News

Erskine, defense propels No. 5 SAGU against Pilots O'Neill, Davis, Starks provide essential lift for Team Purp WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  Sparked by a solid defensive effort, the ...

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#5 Lions host #2 LSU-Shreveport tonight at 7pm

#5 Lions host #2 LSU-Shreveport tonight at 7pm

Nov 12, 2013 - Men's Basketball News

Teams almost met in last year's NAIA championship game Preview of Players to Watch WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  Tonight’s clash between No. 2 ranked LSU-Shreveport and No. 5 r...

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SAGU tops McPherson in OT, 92-82

SAGU tops McPherson in OT, 92-82

Nov 11, 2013 - Men's Basketball News

Gentry, Mills, Feemster lead Lions to 2-0 start On Deck: No. 2 ranked LSU-Shreveport on Tuesday Box Score  and SAC Standings (links below) WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  Dem...

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Gentry's infectious, "all out" energy drives Lions

Gentry's infectious, "all out" energy drives Lions

Nov 07, 2013 - Men's Basketball News

Wood-surfing typifies desire of senior leader NEXT: SAGU plays host to McPherson College, Sat., 5:00pm SAC Standings:  http://www.soonerathletic.org/sport/0/4.php  WAXAHACHIE...

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Snowstorm of threes lead Lions to 95-62 win

Nov 06, 2013 - Men's Basketball News

All ten players score, seven drain treys in SAGU debut Point Parade: Gentry 21, Mills 17, O'Neill 15, Feemster 13 WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  After a near-packed Sheaffer Center cr...

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Hoops season tips off to threat of snow

Hoops season tips off to threat of snow

Nov 05, 2013 - Men's Basketball News

SAGU is ranked #5 in NAIA Coaches Poll Lions play host to Dallas Christian on Tuesday night LiveStats link:   http://www.dakstats.com/WebSync/Pages/Webcasts.aspx?association=10 ...

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SAGU men's basketball roster announced

SAGU men's basketball roster announced

Nov 03, 2013 - Men's Basketball News

Three starters will return, along with a deep cast Lions open the season at home on Tuesday at 8:00pm WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  In his first year as Head Coach at Southwestern Assemb...

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Men's Basketball adds two games

Oct 23, 2013 - Men's Basketball News

Lions to play home/away against Ecclesia College SAGU schedule now complete with 30 dates WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The Southwestern Assemblies of God University men's baske...

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Lions announce 28-game hoops itinerary

Lions announce 28-game hoops itinerary

Oct 03, 2013 - Men's Basketball News

SAGU schedule has early national match-up Final roster decisions forthcoming; three starters return WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The Southwestern Assemblies of God University men’...

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